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iconnumber posted 12-09-2007 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for argentum1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there documentation relative to the day to day training of an apprentice? Such as the first eight months were spent cleaning the shop, the next six months keeping the forge fire going and operating the bellows. The second year was learning to sharpen tools/polishing the faces of hammers. I have seen a few monographs illustrating a few tasks that an apprentice would be assigned to but beyond that I have seen very little.
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iconnumber posted 12-09-2007 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wev     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Speaking for the US, I would imagine, before the establishment of large factory shops (ala Gorham), that few silversmiths enjoyed the regularity of schedule and workload which would allow them to lay out and stick to a closely planned course of apprenticeship. Indentures only spelled out what would be taught; how and when was pretty much open to discretion or personal experience of the master, to say nothing of apprentice's native ability (or lack thereof).

And speaking of such, I just made a new index of the apprenticeships in my project.

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